Hatboro, PA – Hatboro Police Department (HPD) Officer Ryan Allen died on April 7, six months after he suffered severe anaphylactic shock due to a bee sting.
The 35-year-old officer was stung by the bee at his home in Bucks County on Oct. 7, 2021, triggering a heart attack that left him clinically dead for approximately 20 minutes, the Courier Times reported.
Emergency medical personnel were able to restart Officer Allen’s heart, but the lack of oxygen left him with a traumatic brain injury.
Officer Allen remained hospitalized and in rehabilitation facilities for months until the swelling in his brain subsided enough for doctors to determine that his injuries had caused irreparable damage and that he would not be able to recover in any meaningful way, according to his wife, Whitney Allen.
“As his family and the people that know and love him the most, we know from the bottom of our hearts that Ryan would not want to live in the current state he is in,” Whitney Allen said last month, according to the Courier Times. “We want to do what is best for Ryan and that is to give him his freedom and peace after so much trauma and pain.”
The young officer’s family ultimately decided to have him discharged to a hospice facility near his home so he would be able to “spend his remaining days surrounded by loved ones and friends,” Whitney Allen said.
Officer Allen was surrounded by those he loved when he passed away on April 7, Hatboro Police Chief James Gardner said in a press release later that day.
“Although he fought long and hard, he ultimately could not overcome the damage done to his body,” Chief Gardner wrote. “Officer Allen will be deeply missed by not only his family, but by his brothers and sisters in law enforcement and our community.”
The chief said the support the HPD and Officer Allen’s family have received since his severe reaction has been “overwhelming.”
“We are forever grateful for the love and support shown during this difficult time,” he wrote.
Officer Allen joined the HPD as a patrol officer in 2013.
He was also a K9 handler and a member of the Montgomery County Drug Task Force.
Chief Gardner said Officer Allen played a key role in establishing the HPD’s first K9 Unit.
“Officer Allen was well known and loved in our community and was often seen in town with his canine partner, Louie,” the chief said.
Whitney Allen gave birth to the couple’s second son while her husband was still hospitalized, WPVI reported.
A fundraising page established to help pay for Officer Allen’s months of treatment has raised over $142,000.
Hatboro-Horsham School District offers its deepest sympathies after the passing of Hatboro Police Officer Ryan Allen. Officer Allen and his K-9 Louie often visited our elementary schools to present to our students. He will be dearly missed in our community. pic.twitter.com/llGIfIJqhA
— Hatboro-Horsham School District (@HH_Schools) April 12, 2022
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Hatboro Police Department Officer Ryan Allen, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.